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Meaning of "dies illa" from Dies Irae

The first verse from "Dies Irae" goes like Dies irae, dies illa I'm trying to understand what "illa" is referring to. According to the declension table for pronouns, "illa" corresponds either ...

declinatio poetry pronomina  
asked by rmdmc89 14 votes
answered by Joonas Ilmavirta 27 votes

Translating a line of dialogue as though spoken a thousand years ago into Latin for a book

I am writing a book set in the present day with a very old character (thousands of years old). A modern day human asks him: "Do you speak Latin, like really speak Latin?" His response would be in ...

asked by Tim B 9 votes
answered by Draconis 10 votes

How to introduce a new topic in conversation (like "by the way", "speaking of")?

In English we can use "by the way" to introduce a topic that not related to the previous one. Or we can use "speaking of"/"apropos" when we are using a theme just mentioned to introduce a related ...

english-to-latin-translation spoken-language conversational  
asked by d_e 8 votes
answered by Joonas Ilmavirta 3 votes

Can a predicate nominative ever be a different gender from the subject?

I want to say "My favorite animal is..." and then give the animal. But "animal" is neuter, so I'll end up with a predicate nominative that doesn't agree in gender with the subject! "Meum dilectum ...

english-to-latin-translation syntax genus  
asked by Donna 7 votes
answered by Asteroides 7 votes

What does "his" mean in this verse?

In John 1:12 there's the word his. What does this word mean in this context? 12 Quotquot autem receperunt eum, dedit eis potestatem filios Dei fieri, his qui credunt in nomine ejus: But as ...

asked by ktm5124 6 votes
answered by Expedito Bipes 8 votes

What are the θη-future and θη-aorist?

I see on quite a few resources tenses referred as θη-future or θη-aorist and I don't understand what it exactly means. Are θη-future and θη-aorist another way to say future passive and aorist ...

greek morphologia futurum aorist  
asked by Alexandre Daubricourt 5 votes
answered by TKR 5 votes

Did the Romans ever distinguish between present perfective and past aoristic?

The Latin "perfect" forms are a combination of two different tense-aspect combinations: past aoristic ("I ate"), and present perfective ("I have eaten"). The two are generally indistinguishable, but ...

perfect-tense grammarians tenses  
asked by Draconis 5 votes

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What punctuation was used in Classical Latin?

Many Classical Latin textbooks typeset their texts with (small and capital letters and) a broad selection of punctuation, like period ., comma ,, colon :, semicolon ;, exclamation mark !, question ...

classical-latin punctuation  
asked by Earthliŋ 42 votes
answered by C. M. Weimer 33 votes

Translate "Everything burns" into classical Latin

In a project of mine I have an event which was named "everything burns", or potentially "Everything burned" (I am open to both tenses). What would this be in classical Latin? I tentatively have this ...

classical-latin english-to-latin-translation translation-check  
asked by Adam 10 votes
answered by Joonas Ilmavirta 16 votes

What is the meaning of "Ex Lux", the name of Lucifer Morningstar's new bar?

I've been a fan of Mike Carey's Lucifer comic series, for its believable portrait of a fallen angel. The series spun off from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, which established this incarnation of Lucifer ...

meaning latin-to-english-translation  
asked by Gallifreyan 16 votes
answered by Cerberus 18 votes

What is a Latin version of Inshallah?

Anyone who served in the military in Iraq (and probably anyone who has done business in the Gulf) in the last 15 years is familiar with the term 'Inshallah.' I suppose it means 'God willing,' as in, ...

idiom medieval-latin coniugatio  
asked by kingledion 16 votes
answered by Ben Kovitz 9 votes

Which online Latin dictionaries should I use and why?

What good online Latin dictionaries do you know? What are their benefits and drawbacks? Please give only one dictionary per answer. If you have many dictionaries to suggest, give multiple answers ...

dictionary vocabulary resource-request  
asked by Joonas Ilmavirta 37 votes
answered by Joonas Ilmavirta 19 votes

Origin of the Latin Language?

Latin is an Italic language which originated in the Italian peninsula, and was originally spoken in Latium and Ancient Rome located along the Mediterranean Sea. Similar to most European languages, ...

history proto-indo-european etruscan  
asked by Quidam 7 votes
answered by Draconis 11 votes

Is Cola "probably the best-known" Latin word in the world? If not, which might it be?

I found this in an ecological park: Cola is actually a Latin word (a scientific one, referring to the plant), albeit its etymology is African. I am curious about whether it is "probably" the ...

vocabulary word-comparison  
asked by luchonacho 16 votes
answered by Draconis 34 votes

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What can be used as a Latin word for "Meltdown" (in the sense used for people with Autism)?

I have a lesser form of Autism (that generally doesn't really manifest much unless people actually live with me or in specific situations) and sometimes I can have a meltdown. I write a journal in ...

new-latin vita-hodierna neologism  
asked by Victor BC 4 votes
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